Brisbane's CBD is approximately a 20 minutes drive from your accommodation at Gap Creek Road, in the western foothills of Mt Coot-tha.
The capital city of Queensland, Brisbane is midway along the east coast of Australia. With the Gold Coast to the south and the Sunshine Coast to the north, domestic and international airports, Brisbane is an ideal headquarters for an Australian holiday. Residents and visitors to Brisbane enjoy a wide range of landscapes and lifestyles. The city itself is vibrant, sub-tropical and lively, bordered by the Brisbane River and the city botanic gardens. The inner-city, metropolitan Brisbane is surrounded by leafy, sometimes hilly, suburbs, stretching to Moreton Bay and Redland Bay on the East Coast.
South Bank follows the Brisbane River along the southern side of the city. The South Bank parkland offers fabulous and attractive walkways, views and scenery. There is often plenty of live entertainment and attractions throughout the day and evening.
Amongst South Bank's attractive parkland there is even its own man-made beach, making it a great place to relax. There are also a wide range of restaurants and cafes to choose from with al fresco dining overlooking the river.
South Bank also hosts a market at weekends which is great for shopping. In addition, there are often festivals and performances during the summer. You will also find the South Bank Wildlife Sanctuary featuring Australian birds and butterflies, and insects and reptiles.
South Bank is also home to the Queensland Art Gallery, Queensland Performing Arts Centre, Opera Queensland, Queensland Theatre Company, Queensland Museum, and State Library of Queensland - all of which take pride of place along the bank of the Brisbane River - plus the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
On the coast, Moreton Bay and its 365 islands provide water sports, resort holidays, sailing and sea-side suburbs. The Pacific Highway leads south to the Gold Coast and its well-known surf beaches.
North is the seaside town of Redcliffe, the rainforest and picturesque countryside of Pine Rivers, Caboolture and the Glasshouse Mountains. Bribie Island offers the first surf beach to the north. The Sunshine Coast towns and hinterland are popular holiday spots.
The picture is of Moreton Island near the lovely Tangalooma Resort which can be visited on a day trip from Brisbane.
Tourists take note, here's where Brisbanites go when they want some quick respite from city life. Made up of national parks, state forests and council reserves, Brisbane Forest Park is only 15 minutes drive from Brisbane city and makes for an easily accessible escape from the bustling city. It features a wildlife centre and is a useful gateway to the park and its 28,000 hectares of bushland and forest.
Here you will find clean crisp mountain air, bird calls, picnic areas, bushwalks, mountain and valley views, waterholes to swim in, the information centre, wildlife all around, magnificent tall eucalypts and lush rainforest all on your doorstep.
There's plenty of natural beauty to be found here along tracks that take visitors into unspoilt eucalypt and lush rainforests. For rainforest walks, visitors will have to travel further into the park to the Mt Glorious area.
See the Brisbane Forest Park web site for more information.
Mt Coot-tha is located 7 kilometres west of Brisbane's City Centre and occupies one of the most beautiful vantage points from which to view and Australian capital city and surrounds. Commanding panoramic views over the city of Brisbane and beyond to Moreton Bay and its islands to the East, and the Glasshouse Mountains and the D'Agilar Range to the West.
It is surrounded by the 220 hectare Mt Coot-tha reserve which is an oasis of natural bushland and native wildlife. The Taylor Range of which Mt Coot-tha is a part, forms a backdrop of hills to the city of Brisbane. The name 'Coot-tha' or 'Kuta' was taken from the Aboriginal name for the area which meant 'honey' or 'the place of wild honey'.
At the foothills lies the beautiful Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. The gardens cover 53 hectares and include a Tropical Dome, Australian Plant Community Area, a Japanese Garden and over 20,000 species of plants. The Thomas Brisbane Planetarium is also located within the gardens.
This is the place where almost all Brisbanites take their international guests, and it's no wonder: you're not going to see a larger or happier group of koalas anywhere in the world. Lone Pine is set on 50 acres right next to the scenic Brisbane River.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is the world's first and largest koala sanctuary, with over 130 koalas. Here, Australia's native flora and fauna are waiting to delight. Lone Pine is famous for allowing visitors to get up close and personal with Australia's precious wildlife. You can cuddle Australia's best known ambassador, the koala, at anytime of day and have your unique souvenir photograph taken.
The sanctuary is also home to a Tasmanian devil, as well as snakes, possums, native birds and wombats - and there are daily info talks and feeding sessions, which help you get to know more about them. In addition, there's an enormous kangaroo enclosure where you can walk among these unique animals.